Refugees are flown out of camps in EU today – News

Germany accepts 50 unaccompanied minor refugees from the Aegean camps. After Luxembourg, it is the second country to target refugees, and other EU countries are expected to follow suit.

A good 50 unaccompanied minor refugees from the overcrowded camps in Greece will be flown to Germany this Saturday.

The children from the camps on the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesbos are to be brought from Athens to Hanover in Lower Saxony in the morning.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the EU and the governments in Athens and Berlin organized the transfer, as the Ministry of Migration in Athens announced.

It is already the second resettlement of minors: Already on Wednesday twelve young people had been brought from the islands to Luxembourg. In total, 1,600 unaccompanied minor refugees from Greece are to be brought to other EU countries in the coming weeks. “Germany keeps its word and shows solidarity,” said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) of the “Bild am Sonntag”. “I expect our European partners to start implementing their commitments as soon as possible,” he added.

The process is complicated because it is a minor. Numerous authorities and organizations are involved in the distribution. “We have gained experience with these first relocations and can now speed up the process,” said the Greek Deputy Minister of Migration, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, on Friday evening to the German Press Agency.

Germany plans to take a total of 350 to 500 minors from the camps – preferably children under the age of 14, sick children and girls. Minors are also to be brought to Switzerland soon, as Koumoutsakos said.

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Around 39,000 people are currently waiting in and around the camps in the east of the Aegean. The capacity of these camps is actually only around 7000 people. According to the UN refugee agency, around 36 percent are minors. A good 90 percent of unaccompanied minors are boys, according to UNHCR information.

In addition to the miserable conditions in and around the camps, there is also a risk of a coronavirus outbreak. No corona infections have yet been found in camps in the east of the Aegean. But this is only a matter of time, doctors say again and again. For this reason, in addition to the unaccompanied minors, around 2400 elderly and sick people from the islands are to be brought to the Greek mainland in the coming days.

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